TCX X-Desert Gore-Tex Boots - Product of the Week

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This week we are going to look at a review in progress. We’ve had the TCX X-Desert adventure boots for a month or so and have put them through some serious adventure riding. Here is what we think so far.

Right out of the box these boots are better looking than many touring/adventure boots. They have a nice aesthetic similarity to real off-road boots. Yet, once you put them on it becomes readily apparent that these are not moto boots – they are about 10 times more comfortable! The size 10 boot fit my foot pretty good, if not just a little on the tight side at first (I wear a 10.5 in normal shoes and default to a 10 for moto boots). After the first ride they adapted to my feet really well. There is no break-in period to speak of – they are comfortably pliant before you even hop on a bike.

The buckles are the same as off-road boot buckles and require a firm push to snap into place. Since these boots are shorter than the typical four-strap boot, they only use three straps and Velcro at the top.

These boots were made for all-day comfort and sacrifice some protection to achieve that end. The X-Deserts offer great range of motion and feel close to a non-riding boot when walking into a cafe for a mid-ride sandwich. The sole bends easily when off the bike, but isn’t soft enough to be a problem on the bike. There doesn’t seem to be any shank or sole reinforcement and the sole has a lugged, off-road pattern that is good for grip in the dirt.

I haven’t had any injuries or protection issues with this boot, but it definitely has less support than a moto boot. I certainly wouldn’t want to have any serious get off where I had to land on my feet.

As far as ventilation and element protection goes, the X-Desert boot had pretty good ventilation in the heat since my dogs weren’t burning up in Idaho’s 90-plus weather. And they did a good job in the cold and the wet in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. I can’t really say if they keep a lot of water out (they don’t claim to be waterproof) because my feet are always sweaty and my socks are damp after any ride.

The X-Desert already shows some wear and tear by way of a ripped seam on the inside of the left boot. Also, from walking around, the leather on top of the foot section of the boot is deforming and bowing outward a little from the foot’s natural bend. Since I haven’t worn them for a whole season, I can’t say if they will last but after only two, multi-day adventure events, these boots definitely look well used.

Keep an eye out for the full review in an upcoming issue of Dirt Rider Magazine.